|MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 18 May 2011|
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MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card
Manufacturer: MicroStar International
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.
NVIDIA have completely blown away their previous generation GPU's with the introduction of the GTX 5xx line up and while they are 'good enough' at stock speeds, it's normal for AIB partners to push these GPU's to their limits. MSI have tweaked the GeForce GTX 560Ti to 950MHz GPU / 1050MHz Memory, given it the 'Hawk' moniker, slapped on a Twin Frozr III cooler and sent it out into the wild to show the world what it is made of. Price wise the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk will obviously set you back more than a reference GTX 560Ti but in return it delivers stellar performance and excellent cooling capability.
The MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk has the standard 1GB memory with a 256-bit wide memory interface giving it 134.4GB/s memory bandwidth. The 40nm manufacturing process of the GF114 GPU allows NVIDIA's foundry's to cut 1.95 billion (1,950,000,000) transistors into the GPU core, a crazy feat of modern engineering. The Hawk also supports 'Triple Over Voltage' out of the box with the right version of MSI Afterburner (2.2.0 Beta 2). Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today.
For this review we have a wide range of video card comparisons in our usual mixture of DX10 / DX11 synthetic benchmarks and current games to get a good idea where it fits in performance and price wise. We also intend to overclock the GPU to its limits and see if the Twin Frozr III cooler with its improved fan design has what it takes to cool the GPU and other components effectively, so without further delay let's move on and get stuck in.